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Mapping Religious Plurality & Diversity

As part of the international Plureligion Network, the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) has conducted several studies on religious plurality and diversity, both quantitative as well as qualitative. Apart from the other project, the quantiative findings of two projects of CERES have visualised in maps:  

Mapping regional religious plurality and diversity

The research project Religiöse Vielfalt lokal – regional – global has been analysing the religious pluralisation processes and religious diversity of this westernmost German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Situated in the heart of this state, in the town of Bochum, CERES researchers have gathered data available on all active religious groups. The findings are visualised in an interactive map that shows every single religious group and community in a regional diversity map. (read more)

Mapping religious diversity worldwide

In another project on Religious Plurality Worldwide, a team of international researchers at CERES collected data on the population composition in regard to religious affiliation. Based on these data,  diversity indices for almost every country in the world (as of 2009) were generated. These indices are visualized in the CERES Global Religious Diversity Map. (read more)


Religious Plurality in NRW


Prof. Volkhard Krech &
             Dr. Jens Schlamelcher

CERES, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany


This project was funded by:

Religious Diversity Index


Prof. Dr. Volkhard Krech

CERES, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Dr. Kimmo Ketola

Kirkon tutkimuskeskus, Tampere, Finland


Prof. Dr. Stefan Huber

Fakultät für Theologie, Universität Bern, Schweiz